abc
QUICK LINKS:

Appeal court upholds Ill. town official’s sentence

Created: 11/15/2013 11:35 AM KSTP.com

(AP) CHICAGO - A federal appeals court is upholding a nearly 20-year prison sentence for a thieving former bookkeeper who stole almost $54 million from the northern Illinois community of Dixon.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago unanimously upheld Rita Crundwell’s 235-month sentence on Friday.

Crundwell pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was sentenced in February to about 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Crundwell stole the money over 22 years as Dixon’s bookkeeper, even while the city was having trouble paying its bills. She used the money to live lavishly and to build a nationally renowned horse-breeding operation.

Crundwell’s lawyer is Paul Gaziano, who declined to comment Friday.

He’d tried to argue a judge abused his discretion when giving Crundwell more time than recommended under federal guidelines.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Broken Clouds
83°
86° | 68°
  • Feels like: 85° F
  • Wind: ENE 9mph
  • Humidity: 54%
  • Thu Morning thunderstorms
    90° | 70°
  • Fri Times of sun and clouds
    89° | 68°
  • Sat Scattered thunderstorms
    84° | 67°
  • Sun Scattered thunderstorms possible
    82° | 64°

Video

KSTP NEWS